Food Technology and Biotechnology (Master of Science)
Were you inspired by food technology and nutrition in your bachelor's degree and would like to expand this knowledge with competences from the fields of innovation, process automation, and food process engineering? In the Master’s in Food Technology and Biotechnology at the TU Munich, you can specialize in all these areas individually. Learn everything about modern, industrial food production and deal with ecological, social and economic sustainability. Develop innovative products, research strategies for preserving food, plan and develop production plants, and check their economic efficiency. With our many years of experience in the field of fo<od technology, Weihenstephan is the right place for your future master's degree.
Studying Food Technology and Biotechnology successfully: What can you expect?
Type of study: full time
Standard period of study, credits : 4 semesters, 120 ECTS
Start of degree program: winter semester
Admission category: Aptitude Assessment for Master
Language of instruction: German
Main location: Freising-Weihenstephan (Greater Munich area)
Tuition fees: none (information about the semester fee)
Why study this particular degree program?
In the Master's program in Food Technology and Biotechnology, you will deepen the analytical and methodological skills from your bachelor's program, based on your scientific and engineering foundation. You will deal with process engineering, product-specific and technological processes of food production as well as with the requirements and quality criteria of food. You will learn to design modern, environmentally friendly, and industrial manufacturing processes, design production plants, control product properties from analytical and sensory points of view, develop innovative products and find new strategies for preserving food. In addition to the focal points of process engineering, process automation and food technology, you will find a wide range of elective modules. This allows you to specialize in a particular field and to learn and consolidate your independent scientific work in research-oriented topics. You will apply this knowledge to your Master's thesis at the end of your studies.
What are your career opportunities?
After completing your Master’s program, a job market with excellent career prospects is open to you. You will find interesting jobs primarily in the food industry, but also in the beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as plant engineering. Thanks to their broad-based education, graduates can be employed in a wide variety of fields. The following fields of activity are possible for you:
- Development of new, innovative, sustainable products and processes
- Planning and development of new production facilities and manufacturing processes
- The organization, monitoring, and optimization of production processes
- Quality assurance during ongoing production operations
- Monitoring of food production processes
- Operational control, production management or technical management in food processing plants
- University or industrial research and development
- Purchase and evaluation of raw materials
- Logistics and warehouse management
At the end of your studies, you also have the option of continuing your academic career with a doctorate.
What is this study program about?
The Master's program in Food Technology and Biotechnology combines engineering and natural sciences – so you are prepared for the modern production of innovative food. Required modules in the engineering sciences include rheology, hygienic processing, and scientific-technical computing. The subject-related natural science specialization deals, for example, with food process engineering, food bioprocess technology, innovative food concepts, and microstructures in food. This is where process engineering and food technology content crystallizes into a solid combination.
You can take 30 of your 120 credits in elective modules and thus expand your interests. You can collect these credits not only through lectures but also from a wide range of laboratory internships and thus get a practical understanding of the theory.
Besides this, your professional internship, which is also a prerequisite for admission, gives you valuable insights into possible future fields of activity. It is part of your practical training and contributes to your individual profile development. You will gain deep insights into the food industry and get to know different work processes.
At the end of your studies, you will write your Master's thesis on a topic of your choice and demonstrate your ability to work through complex food technology issues scientifically and evaluate and present the results.
Interest aroused? Just take a look at an exemplary curriculum!
What competences and skills will you acquire?
As a graduate in the field of food technology, you will have acquired broad knowledge in the areas of process engineering and food technology in addition to a sound education in the natural sciences and engineering. You will be able to combine your acquired specialist knowledge from all areas and apply it in a solution-focused manner. After completing your studies, you will be familiar with the biological-chemical properties of foods, their ingredients, and the process and process engineering requirements of production.
You will be able to plan the production of food, develop new production processes and plants, optimize existing production methods, produce food by fermentation, design food packaging, develop innovative products, ensure the quality of food and assess it microbially, chemically-technically and through sensory analysis.
How do you apply for a place of study?
During the application period, you can easily apply for a place in the winter semester via the application portal TUMonline. You simply upload your documents for admission to the degree program in Food Technology and Biotechnology directly to the portal.
To apply, you need a qualified bachelor's degree of at least six semesters or an at least equivalent degree in the fields of food technology, brewing and beverage technology, pharmaceutical bioprocess engineering, life sciences nutrition science, or a comparable course of study at a German or foreign university.
In a subsequent aptitude assessment, we will check whether you have the necessary prerequisites and motivation for the program.
The admissions process is described in the appendix to the Academic and Examination Regulations of the program.
Food Technology and Biotechnology at the TUM
Already in the middle of your master's degree in Food Technology and Biotechnology? Everything you need!
Degree program documentation, module catalog
The degree chart gives you an overview and recommendation, which modules you should take in which semester according to academic and examination regulations (FPSO).
- Timetable (TUM ID required for login):
This timetable is intended to give you an overview of the planned compulsory and elective modules of a semester. It is for orientation purposes only and will not be updated during the semester!
Via TUMonline you can have a timetable created for each semester according to FSPO.
You can also create your own individual timetable, which can contain not only the dates of the selected courses but also your personal appointments.
First steps with TUMonline
- General Academic and Examination Regulations at TUM (APSO)
- Academic and Examination Regulations (FPSO)
- Examination dates & registration via TUMonline
In TUMonline you can register for the module examinations that accompany your studies.
Important: You can only take most of the exams if you have actively registered yourself via TUMonline within the registration period. The registration and deregistration period will be displayed at the exam date.
- Board of Examination
The board of examination is a committee consisting of university professors and lecturers of the degree program. The chairperson of the board of examination of your degree program is Prof. Dr. Ing. Heiko Briesen. Applications to the board of examination are received by the secretary and submitted to the board of examination for decision. You can reach the secretary by sending an email to recognition.wzw[at]tum.de.
Internships & excursions
For the successful completion of your studies, you must complete 18 weeks of work experience. Of these, at least 12 weeks must be proved to have taken place before the start of your studies.
If you have already completed your Bachelor's program in Food Technology at the TUM School of Life Sciences, you will already have completed 12 weeks of internship and only have to complete and provide evidence of another 6 weeks during your Master's degree.
If you have not completed your Bachelor's degree here, you will have to provide evidence of an internship of at least 18 weeks, of which at least 12 weeks were as a pre-study internship completed by 31.10.
Please send us your internship/training certificate as early as possible, but no later than 31.10. of the current year, to praktikum.sfbl[at]tum.de – even if you already submitted it with your application. Please note that the job reference cannot be handed in person. As soon as we have received the internship certificate, you will receive an automatic confirmation from us that we have received the documents. NB: This confirmation is not a recognition of the internship. The processing of your internship certificate may take some time. Please be patient and refrain from asking about the your application status. We will confirm the recognition separately as soon as the documents have been processed. You can also check the status in your TUMonline account (marked with a green P).
A fundamental part of this course is the independent search for an internship. In addition to postings at the university, you can also find other internships in our Careers section.
A prerequisite for the recognition of the internship is that the subject matter is related to food technology and that there is a sufficient technical reference. Internships in the areas of production, laboratory work, quality assurance, research and development, and related areas in companies in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries are generally eligible for recognition. This applies analogously to the relevant supplier companies (mechanical engineering, chemical industry, automation technology, etc.). Professionally relevant vocational training that has already been completed before the commencement of studies is recognized as an internship. Internships in one's own or parental/relative companies are only recognized in exceptional cases and must be clarified in advance.
Internships in companies whose fields of activity are not relevant to the respective degree program are not eligible for recognition. Internships at universities in Germany and abroad are also not recognized. Please be aware of this. No recognition is possible for internships in canteens, restaurants, mail order companies, online trade, warehouses, logistics, vehicle fleets, sales, distribution, administration, marketing or pharmacies. Internships connected with online research, literature reviews or the management of brewing courses cannot be recognized either.
Example of non-recognition:
"I would like to do an internship at a bakery in sales. Will this be recognized?"
No, an internship in sales or distribution does not meet the requirements of a professional internship and therefore cannot be recognized, even if it is in a food production company.
Example of recognition:
"I would like to do an internship in a bakery in the field of pasta production. Will this internship be recognized?"
This internship can be recognized because it takes place in the food production sector.
The formal requirement for the recognition of internship achievements is an internship certificate, which is issued by the company in the same way as a work certificate. This certificate must contain at least the following information: Duration of the employment with the beginning and end dates of the internship, exact description of the activities, and evaluation of the work performed.
An internship report is generally not required, but if the internship certificate does not clearly indicate the nature and scope of the activity, an internship report must be prepared as a substitute. The accuracy of the contents must be confirmed in writing by the company.
Generally, professional internships are to be completed in consecutive periods. Internships shorter than three weeks cannot be recognized. Longer periods of absence (e.g. illness) during an internship must be made up for. Furthermore, the company's holiday arrangements should be included in the employment contract.
Please note that in the case of international companies the certificate must be issued or translated into German or English for recognition.
If you have found an offer for an internship position that suits you, but you are not sure whether recognition is possible, you are welcome to have the possibility of recognition checked in advance by the study office (brew-food-bpt.co[at]ls.tum.de).
The conclusion of internship or employment contracts is the responsibility of the students, i.e. there are no sample contracts offered by the Office of Student Affairs and there is no examination of the contracts. The contracts should be issued directly by the respective company’s internship office.
The completion of internships during the lecture period is generally not recommended, but sometimes it cannot be avoided. An internship completed during the lecture period can also be recognized without any problems.
More information on practical experience during studies
Detailed, degree program - specific information about graduation can be found in the
Wiki Life Sciences – Study and Teaching - Graduation (TUM ID required for login)